Experiencing the Civil War in Gettysburg, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg

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It has been decades since either of us studied the Civil War and years since I last read about it (Doris Kearns Goodwin’s wonderful Team of Rivals). It was time to get back up to speed. And what better way to do so than to visit the visitor centers and tour the museums at the [Read more …]

Finally Falling Water

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For the last 35 years, since I first fell in love with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, I have looked for and, where possible, seen his buildings wherever I had lived or travelled. I even went to the spot in Tokyo where his Imperial Hotel (one of the few major buildings to survive the 1923 (magnitude [Read more …]

The Essential Pittsburgh, on a Tight Time Budget

After many years of wanting to visit Pittsburgh, we finally had our chance for a very brief, day and a half exploration. We found a city that was totally different from the image of the polluted, dying steel center of the 1960s and 70s. Although the city generally lacks the modern high-rises that dominate fast-growing [Read more …]